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    World News
5/6/02 - 5/12/02

Sunday  5/12/02

Troops: Too Many Caves to Search  5/12/02 AP 

Are Israeli Textbooks Promoting Hatred Toward Palestinians And Arabs?  5/12/02 Black World Today: "Israeli school textbooks as well as children's storybooks, according to recent academic studies and surveys, portray Palestinians and Arabs as "murderers," "rioters," "suspicious," and generally backward and unproductive. Direct delegitimization and negative stereotyping of Palestinians and Arabs are the rule rather than the exception in Israeli schoolbooks."

Families flee their war-torn villages  5/12/02 Boston Globe: "FARC is blamed for the 117 deaths at the church in Bojaya. But many of Choco's inhabitants appear to feel the killings in Bojaya are just another consequence of a long history of state neglect of this region of 500,000 people, the majority of whom are descendants of African slaves. Their average per capita income is lower than Haiti's, according to government estimates."

Palestinians Sow Confusion and Doubt on Bombing  5/12/02 NYT: "The head of the Palestinian Authority's intelligence service said today that a suicide bombing last week in Israel did not appear to be the work of Palestinian terrorists, but rather seemed to have been conducted by Israeli criminals against an illegal gambling club."

Israel shows its muscle dealing with Congress  5/12/02 St Petersburg Times: "According to the center, pro-Israel groups have contributed $41.3-million to federal candidates and political party committees since 1989. In the same period, pro-Arab and pro-Muslim interests have given $297,000."

Chavez says he has proof of US hand in coup  5/12/02 Times of India 

U.S. hit squads signal new twist to Afghan war  5/12/02 Toronto Sun 

More than 50,000 turn out in Tel Aviv for peace rally: police  5/12/02 Yahoo: "More than 50,000 demonstrators have turned out in Tel Aviv for a massive peace rally and to demand Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories, Israeli police told AFP Saturday evening. The organiser of the rally, the Peace Now group, also claimed the protest was the biggest peace demonstration since the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada in September 2000."

Saturday  5/11/02

topThe solution is the problem by Noam Chomsky  5/11/02 Guardian: "The US presents itself as the peace-broker in the Middle East. The reality is different."

Experts worry over loans by big banks in China  5/11/02 IHT 

Israel rules out major Gaza military offensive  5/11/02 Irish Times: "According to the Israeli press, Israel has learned lessons from last month's blitz across the West Bank, and is conscious of the risks to its soldiers and the image of the country if Palestinian civilians suffer disproportionate losses in fighting in over-populated areas of the Gaza Strip." And Gaza is a tougher nut to crack.

Afghan Terror Network Is Still a Threat, U.S. Says  5/11/02 LA Times: Al Qaeda and the Taliban are on the run, but they retain a powerful network of arms, money and determined fighters that continues to compel U.S.-led anti- terrorism forces to prepare for further major offensives, the American commander of coalition troops said Friday. That assessment by Army Maj. Gen. Frank L. Hagenbeck in an interview contrasted with the upbeat forecast of the top British officer here a day earlier, who proclaimed the campaign to eradicate terrorists from Afghanistan "all but won."

Protesters call for end to U.S. aid for Israel  5/11/02 Seattle Post Intelligence 

Arabs vent their anger at Washington on US goods  5/11/02 Sydney Morning Herald 

Friday  5/10/02

topVenezuela's Chavez Says United States Must Explain Reaction To Coup  5/10/02 AP 

US Jewish group accuses Muslims of being anti-Semitic  5/10/02 Arab News: “This is exactly what I’ve been warning my foreign ministry about for over a year,” said a European deputy chief of mission after reading the AJC releases. “This maliciousness is no longer limited to extremist Jewish groups on the East Coast, this mentality of hatred is now permeating the midlands of America. This is very disconcerting,” said the diplomat, who asked not to be identified."

Pedophilia and Satanism in the Vatican  5/10/02 Aztlan: "The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia in the Catholic Church are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the rites of 'The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer' in the Vatican" The article is Apocalyptic, but indicative of trends worth watching. Police professionals who deal with pedophilia are well aware of the Satanic cult dimension it can take on, and when the BBC talks about 4,000 pedophile priests in the US, that does raise this issue! As well as the question of why this news is not accurately reported in the US.

Patriarchy And Pedophilia  5/10/02 Black World Today 

What Happened in Jenin?  5/10/02 FAIR: details the wriggling around of US media as usual

Ivy League Students Seek Israeli Boycott  5/10/02 Fox News 

Analysis: Vatican finally confronts abuse covered up by its cardinals  5/10/02 Independent, UK: "As many as 3,000 of the nation's 40,000 priests, according to some reports, now face allegations of interfering with children. Hundreds have been removed from their posts. Secular prosecutors have begun asking dioceses for their records of past allegations. Police authorities have set up investigative units…. The talk is now of possible bankruptcy of sections of the Church, which is the largest non-government organisation in America. The ensuing financial crisis could hit every aspect of its work – from the Catholic schools that educate 2.6 million children to the church hospitals that treat almost 20 per cent of the country's patients. Legal settlements, already estimated at more than $1bn (£700m), could be huge."

Jewish settlers arrested for attempted bombing of East Jerusalem hospital  5/10/02 Jerusalem Post 

INVISIBLE ENEMY LURED US INTO TRAP  5/10/02 Mirror, UK: "We are now in an impossible position. We will have to start reducing British troops. It is costing us around £70,000 a year per soldier. With the cost mounting up, Gordon Brown will be biting his finger nails and they will be even more chewed when the Defence Secretary knocks at his door asking for more, when he wants to spend his cash on the NHS. It is a nasty situation. We have said all these things about how we are going to destroy al-Qaeda and the Taliban and get bin Laden and as long as we can't do that, their street cred goes higher and higher. Lots of people in the Arab world are laughing at us."

"Fighters of the Kingdom of Israel" Claim Responsibility for Killing Eight Palestinians  5/10/02 Palestine Chronicle 

SOUTH AMERICA: MYSTERIOUS ARMS CACHE APPEARS IN COLUMBIA  5/10/02 Pravda: "The cache containing 3,000 AK-47 assault rifles and five million rounds of ammunition appeared last month in a Panamanian ship sailing from Nicaragua, which was supposedly part of an exchange deal between the Columbian and Nicaraguan police forces, involving a shipment of 100 Israeli Uzi sub-machine guns and 450 Jericho pistols for the Nicaraguans."

Ecuador: Campesinos acusan a empresa argentina de torturas y amenazas  5/10/02 Rebelion: sigue la conquista…

Invasion will let us get at Israel, says Hamas  5/10/02 Times 

Florida anthrax was derived from US military strain  5/10/02 Times, UK 

''It's the settlements, stupid!''  5/10/02 Yellow Times 

Thursday  5/9/02

topBush's Hit List At the United Nations  5/9/02 Alternet: increasing the dimensions of a US and planetary disaster.

CIA Missile Misses Ex-Afghan Warlord  5/9/02 AP: Hekmatyar joins a long line of other CIA agents whose agency turned on them: he was once the CIA's top man in Afghanistan, and held the largest drug networks which he passed on to bin Laden.

Karachi suicide bombing 'just the beginning'  5/9/02 Asia Times: "The Pakistani port city of Karachi on Wednesday felt what many believe to be the beginning of a campaign of unrest as a result of President General Pervez Musharraf allowing US troops into the country's sensitive tribal areas to look for Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects. Shortly before 8 am, a suspected suicide bomber in a car killed at least 10 French and two Pakistani nationals when a bomb ripped through a navy bus as it was picking up the French nationals from the Sheraton Hotel, where they were staying while maintaining submarines for the Pakistani government."

Chavez: borrowed time?  5/9/02 Channel 4 News, UK: Chavez - "It's public, I have proof, it's absolutely true that two officials of the United States of the US armed forces were in the command center with the coup leaders during the hours of the coup. And there's another detail that needs to be investigated: there is absolute proof, by satellite, of the presence of a warship, in the territorial waters of Venezuela at the time."

Monster iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf  5/9/02 CNN: "The new iceberg measures roughly 47 miles by 4.6 miles (76 km by 7 km), or almost ten times the area of Manhattan." Thank you Enron, Texaco, Shell, GM, Ford, Exxon, and crew. This is no doubt due to the fact that there is no global warning, as the Wall Street Journal would have it.

Giving up the settlements is cheaper than you think  5/9/02 Haaretz, Israel 

IDF massing troops near Gaza in preparation for retaliatory strike  5/9/02 Haaretz, Israel: ready for an encore, laying the seed for more terrorism to come.

Israel's black propaganda bid falters as documents reveal an impotent leader not a terrorist mastermind  5/9/02 Independent, UK 

UK agents to help Arafat stop suicide bombers  5/9/02 Independent, UK 

Terrorism Chic, Anti-Semites, and a Brain-Dead Left  5/9/02 Pacific News: Another jerk who doesn't get it.

"The coup was directed by the White House"  5/9/02 Socialist Worker: "They [the US] also underestimated the race factor. They didn’t realize that part of the opposition to Chávez is because he’s Black--the first Black president in modern history in Venezuela. All of the leading lights of the bourgeoisie dislike him for his social origins and his race."

Venezuela after the Coup Attempt  5/9/02 Trinicenter, Trinidad & Tobago: "The problem Chávez faces now, perhaps more than ever, is that his supporters are divided between what have come to be called the “Talibanes,” the radicals who are saying that Chávez should implement his program now more than ever, and the “Miquilenistas,” named after Luis Miquilena, the moderate former Interior and Justice Minister and elder statesman of Venezuelan politics… What makes this division particularly dangerous for Chávez’ political program is that members of his coalition in the legislature have gradually been leaving the coalition. Chávez’ formerly solid majority in the legislature has now shrunk from 99-66 to 85-80. Five of the most recent defectors are members of his of own party, belonging to the Miquilenista faction. It is estimated that there are about 15 more in this faction and if only three of them leave, Chávez will have lost his majority in the National Assembly, which would make it extremely difficult for Chávez to implement the rest of his program. In other words, it is not just because of the economically and mediatically powerful opposition that Chávez has to tread lightly, but his own base in the assembly threatens to break away if he does not moderate his approach."

Boycott US campaign affecting Saudi businesses  5/9/02 Ummah News: "A grassroots campaign to boycott US products in Saudi Arabia has already taken its toll on many local businesses, with sales dropping drastically, executives and activists said today. The campaign, a protest against perceived US support for Israel, is being conducted from mosques, schools and universities, and through newspapers, the Internet and mobile phone text messages urging consumers to shun products originating from the United States." The same mobile phone messages were the principal organizing tool in the Venezuela counter-coup.

Pogrom of Muslims continues in Gujarat  5/9/02 Ummah News 

New Mideast war front: American newspapers Boycotts over 'anti-Israel' bias in major dailies gaining ground  5/9/02 WorldNetDaily: news from a Christian perspective…not content with the massive pro-Israeli bias of the US media, the fundamentalists seek to muzzle it even further.

Wednesday  5/8/02

topSuicide bomber kills more than 15 in Israeli town  5/8/02 ABC News: the inevitable result of Israel's security policies, which will either lead to failure or to the ethnic cleansing of over 3 million Palestinians.

Deflecting the truth  5/8/02 Al Ahram: On 25 April ORT reported that the Saudi army was pushing troops to the Jordanian border. The main news bulletin led with the latest events in Bethlehem and an Armenian monk who escaped from the church was featured mumbling unintelligibly about "hostages... calling for help." A handsome IDF spokesman was posed against a luxurious hotel talking about the "30 terrorists" barricaded inside, the rest being "simple citizens whom the IDF had nothing against" but who "regretfully are unwilling to leave the church for some unknown reason." This was a sharp change in tone from the IDF's previous announcements which accused the Palestinians of holding the monks and an Italian TV crew hostage and which were disproved when the TV crew left the church of their own volition, 24 hours after entering it. This vehement pro-Israeli bias becomes all too obvious on the Russia's Internet news sites. No restraint. No doubt. Equating Palestinian terror with the hated Chechen militant "murderers" is the policy followed by all major news sites. The online press also displays the same trend. The death of dreaded Saudi- born Chechen warlord Khattab, also known as "Black Arab," caused jubilation all over Russia and was hailed as a triumph of the secret services who reportedly delivered him a poisoned letter.

Intensified calls for Arab boycott trigger controversies  5/8/02 Arabic News 

MEXICO: Fox Campaign was Illegally Funded by U.S. Interests  5/8/02 Aztlan: "The principal architect of Vicente Fox's campaign victory turns out to be Mexican Jewish Mogul Lino Korrodi, a former Coca Cola kingpin and boss of Fox when both were with Coca Cola in Monterrey, Mexico. Lino Korrodi was the National Finance Manager for the Fox Campaign and funneler of U.S. funds to the campaign. Both Fox and Korrodi studied business at Harvard University in Massachusetts. Lino Korrodi also studied and majored in Economics at the Tec de Monterrey, a Jewish stronghold in Mexico. While at the Tec de Monterrey, Korrodi made strong connections with the Saúl Martínez and the Zacarías Hinojosa families, both very powerful and wealthy Jewish families in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Lino Korrodi engineered a very sophisticated scheme to funnel vast amounts of funds from U.S business and Zionist interests to the "Alianza por el Cambio" (Alliance for Change) and "Amigos de Fox" (Friends of Fox) campaign organizations. The scheme involved U.S. corporations and Zionist political action committees to make deposits in U.S. banks that included, among others, Citibank of New York and US/Mexico border banks such as the Laredo National Bank and the Bank of West El Paso."

Who Loves Ya, Hugo?  5/8/02 Bad Attitudes: "Still, none of this explains how a president with such dismal poll numbers could be reinstated by popular demand. For that we are left to speculate. Who paid for those polls? Mrs. Avila from the proceeds of her underwear business? Or someone like Venezuelan TV mogul Gustavo Cisneros, a fishing buddy of George W. Bush’s who recently moved his headquarters from Caracas to Coral Gables, Florida? " And who pays for the polls elsewhere?

Could It Have Been Stopped?  5/8/02 CBS News: Could it have been Yankee arrogance, just possibly?

Pentagon Pushes for Offensive Biological Weapons Development  5/8/02 Counterpunch: and the State Department comes down hard on Cuba for allegedly exporting dual use biotechnology when this is purely offensive!

Dirty Bombs and Real Nukes - Scare Tactics or a Real Threat?  5/8/02 IntelBriefing 

Israel will remain as vulnerable as ever  5/8/02 IntelBriefing: "In a development which if it proves to be true will further raise doubts amongst the more level headed Washington analysts, Israel is reported to have placed deep-penetration Attack Fighters equipped with battlefield tactical nuclear weapons on immediate readiness at an airfield in Galilee. The F16C/D of Squadrons-109, 110 and 117 based at Ramat David south east of Haifa are just minutes flying time from the Syrian capital and large concentrations of military formations. The Israeli intelligence community appear to firmly believe, despite denials coming from European and US sources, that they have “credible intelligence” that both Syria and Iraq following the Beirut “summit” last weekend are preparing to intervene on behalf of the Palestinians."

Judge sides with Sepulvedas  5/8/02 Modesto Bee, California: outlines criminal behavior of SWAT team; in an unusual move, the judge sided with the victims.

Mueren 10 franceses en atentado a ómnibus en Karachi  5/8/02 Prensa Latina: 10 french killed by bomb in Pakistan

CHAVEZ SUPPORTER SAYS HE FIRED HIS WEAPON IN SELF-DEFENSE DURING COUP  5/8/02 Radio Havana: "A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was video tapped firing a weapon during the attempted coup has turned himself in, insisting that he used his weapon to defend himself and others as snipers opened fire on pro-government demonstrators from the upper floors of a hotel."

Research and facts about biological weapons and biotechnology  5/8/02 Sunshine Project 

Israel wins support on Christian Right  5/8/02 Telegraph, UK: "Some very interesting alliances are forming," said Gary Bauer, a prominent Christian conservative. "Many evangelicals believe that the land of Israel is Covenant land that was promised by God to the Jewish people. I believe Israel and the United States have got a confluence of interest. We're both democracies, and I see Israel, as I see Great Britain, as a defender of Western civilisation." For the time being, differences with Jewish groups over issues such as abortion has been set aside."

Bombs rock Pakistani tribal belt  5/8/02 Ummah News 

Tuesday  5/7/02

topIsraeli arms dealers differ over responsibility for shipment to Colombian paramilitaries  5/7/02 AP: Venezuela, Columbia, Panama - there is a pattern of Israeli intervention in Latin America on the side of right wing extremists.

U.S. helped scuttle U.N.'s Jenin mission, Ariel Sharon tells ADL  5/7/02 AP: "We could have been trapped in a very complicated situation," Sharon said in an evening speech to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization. Insisting there had been "no massacre" at Jenin, Sharon said President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other U.S. officials had been influential in helping get the fact-finding mission disbanded."

Czech to provide Saudi Arabia with weapons  5/7/02 Arabic News 

Little Progress At Bush-Sharon Talks  5/7/02 CBS News: "Rather than emphasizing the disagreements, the president focused on Tenet's bid to build a security force that could crack down on terrorism. Mr. Bush said the security force must be a united Palestinian unit that "is held accountable." Bush seeks to dictate an end to Arafat's numerous security services, a device he has been able to use in the past.

CENTRAL ASIA - Trouble Ahead  5/7/02 Far Eastern Economic Review: "The result: a staggering increase in repression and only mild criticism from Washington. While Washington reaps the short-term benefits, it may well be storing up trouble for later. The increase in repression also energizes extremists, who are certain to destabilize their host countries, sow strife in the region and possibly target the U.S. just as Al Qaeda has done."

Beleagured Palestinians in Jenin to get Malaysian aid  5/7/02 IRNA: Sentiments heard throughout the planet except in the US media: "After the attack, most Muslim countries wanted to cooperate to fight terrorism, but because of the discrimination in term of interpretation, for instance, Israeli terrorism is not condemned but the attacks by (Palestinian leader) Yasser Arafat's people are condemned...this is grossly unfair." The prime minister added that the Israeli attacks were, in fact, acts of terrorism."

Anthrax Sent Through Mail Gained Potency by the Letter  5/7/02 NYT: "Deepening the mystery of the biological attacks that terrified the nation last fall, federal investigators have discovered that the anthrax sent through the mail, in general, grew more potent from one letter to the next, with the spores in the final letter to be opened — the one sent to Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont — the deadliest of all." Perhaps instead of launching spurious accusations against Cuba for bioterrorism, the US government could stop treating its home grown bioterrorists with kid gloves. There is much evidence to suggest that the perpetrator was part of the US biowar program and investigators are afraid of tackling him because he knows where the bodies are buried, literally.

Russian oil and U.S. security  5/7/02 Petroleum World: "Even if the Russians were to succeed in getting the capability to reach American oil buyers, there should be no illusions: the displacement of the Persian Gulf in America's energy market is going to be neither total nor swift. Yet a sizable Russian presence in American markets over the next decade will be enough to provide a critical safety margin for energy prices and increase stability in American oil supplies."

CUBA CHALLENGES OTTO REICH TO PROVE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HAVANA  5/7/02 Radio Havana: "the controversial State Department official, who was appointed to his post without Senate confirmation, alleged Monday that 4 Cuban airplanes landed at a Venezuelan international airport in the middle of the attempted right wing coup against President Hugo Chavez. Reich suggested that Cuba was somehow involved in the events that unfolded in Venezuela at that time. " Otto at it again…

MORE EVIDENCE OF A PREMEDITATED ARMED CONSPIRACY AGAINST HUGO CHAVEZ  5/7/02 Radio Havana: "An opposition mayor in Venezuela has for the first time admitted that armed police from his municipality participated in the right wing coup against President Hugo Chavez. Leopoldo Lopez, mayor of the Chacao Municipality in the capital, Caracas, nevertheless denied before a legislative commission his own participation in the violence. He also denied that police from his municipality are among the faces seen in video footage reportedly showing individuals firing weapons at Chavez supporters."

Las mentiras de El País  5/7/02 Rebelión, Spain: concerning the coup in Venezuela

The Israeli "art student" mystery  5/7/02 Salon: "Yet for the most part the targeted agents weren’t spooks in the strictest sense: They were DEA -- cops who bust drug dealers. And that leads us into Theory No. 1, also known as the Art Student/Drug Dealer Conspiracy. This theory has a piece of evidence to support it: the link, mentioned in the leaked DEA memo, between an Ecstasy investigation and the telephone numbers provided by an Israeli detained in Orlando. There are "problems" with Israeli nationals involved in the Ecstasy business, according to Israeli Embassy spokesman Reguev. "Israeli authorities and the DEA are working together on that issue," he said. In a statement before Congress in 2000, officials with the U.S. Customs Service, which intercepted some 7 million Ecstasy tablets last year, noted that "Israeli organized-crime elements appear to be in control" of the multibillion-dollar U.S. Ecstasy trade, "from production through the international smuggling phase. Couriers associated with Israeli organized crime have been arrested around the world, including ... locations in the U.S. such as Florida, New Jersey, New York and California." Miami was cited as one of the main entry points of Ecstasy into the United States and was specified as one of the central "headquarters for the criminal organizations that smuggle Ecstasy"; Houston was also cited for large Ecstasy seizures -- an interesting nexus, given the large number of "art students" who congregated both in the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area and in Houston. "Israeli nationals in the Ecstasy trade have been very sophisticated in their operations," says a U.S. Customs officer who has investigated the groups. "Some of these individuals have been skilled at counterintelligence and in concealing their communications and movements from law enforcement." It would thus seem that Israeli organized crime has at least the capacity to pull off a widespread surveillance and intelligence operation. The drug connection would also explain the sizable reserves of cash one Tampa student was handling. One DEA agent named in the "art student" report told Salon that the best possible explanation for the affair –- and he admitted to being utterly baffled by it -- was that drug dealers were involved. "Why us if not because of the DEA's mission?" the agent asked. "I mean, what would Israeli intel want with us? Here's another avenue of inquiry to take: Israeli organized crime is the now the biggest dealer of Ecstasy in the United States. These students? It was Israeli organized crime judging our strength, getting a survey of our operations. What if I wanted to burglarize your building and go through your files? I'd do a reconnoiter. Get a sense of the floor plan and security, where the guards are stationed, how many doors, what kind of locks, alarm systems, backup alarm systems." The trouble with this theory is the obvious one: In the annals of crime chutzpah, for drug dealers to brazenly approach drug agents in their homes and offices may represent the all-time world record. And what conceivable useful intelligence could they gather that would be worth the risk? Were the tee-heeing tight-sweatered Israeli babes pulling some kind of Mata Hari stunt, seducing paunchy middle-aged DEA boys and beguiling them into loose-lipped info sharing? " Indeed.

UN condemns Colombia massacre as war crime  5/7/02 Scotsman, UK: "The UN have categorised the attack as a war crime and a UN representative in Colombia, Anders Kompass, also had some harsh words for the government, insisting that his office and that of the Colombian People’s Defence organisation had long ago warned the government that the community was in grave danger and needed security force protection. He said the government was at the very least "guilty of omission".

Uzbekistan: Karimov extends war on Islam to women  5/7/02 Ummah News: this is part of a pattern of increased repression in the wake of US involvment in Central Asia, sowing the seeds for future al Qaedas.

Colombia's Paramilitary - Profile of an Entrenched Terror Network  5/7/02 Z Mag: posted Apr 22, remains topical

Monday  5/6/02

topColombian Tribe Topples Mighty Oil Giant  5/6/02 Alternet: "Staking its own territorial claim in the war, the Bush Administration is pushing the U.S. Congress to authorize $98 million in military aid to defend another Occidental venture, the Caño-Limon pipeline, a private enterprise which runs through U'wa land." Are paramilitaries far behind?

Pastrana: "Fue una masacre"  5/6/02 BBC: a casual glance through the pics show aspects of Columbia's identity not much seen in the US media. While Venezuela has a higher percentage of Afrolatinos and Indians, in Columbia too, it is the wealthy whites against everyone else.

Chief Justice Barak: Israelis can be tried by Hague Tribunal  5/6/02 Haaretz, Israel: "Israel may not have ratified the treaty establishing the international criminal court on July 1 but "every Israeli is subject to its jurisdiction," Supreme Court President Justice Aharon Barak said Monday."

What a comeback  5/6/02 Haaretz, Israel: details on how a society silences a cherished voice who dares to connect the Israeli Defense Force with Nazi behavior during the Holocaust.

Embattled Israel clamps down on dissent  5/6/02 Independent, UK 

Jacques Chirac réélu : le sursaut républicain  5/6/02 Le Monde: "Les résultats communiqués par le ministère de l'intérieur créditent Jacques Chirac de 82,06 % des voix, contre 17,94 % pour son adversaire, Jean-Marie Le Pen. "

Israelis Release More Documents Accusing Arafat of Terror  5/6/02 NYT: "But they do not appear to show definitively that the Palestinian leader ordered terror attacks. In some documents, Mr. Arafat criticizes certain suicide bombings and the distribution of money from Saudi Arabia to Islamic Jihad and Hamas." From the New York Times!

Shaky U.S. Economy Made Bush Roll Out Red Carpet for China  5/6/02 Pacific News: "China Vice President Hu Jintao's recent visit to America met with a surprisingly warm welcome. One explanation is that given the alarming slide of the dollar, American politicians suddenly are viewing China as more of an opportunity than a threat. But because of weak presidential leadership, even big U.S.-China trade may not be enough to overcome the stubborn recession."

Acusan a autores intelectuales de golpe de Estado en Venezuela  5/6/02 Prensa Latina, Cuba: "El saliente ministro de Interior venezolano, Ramón Rodríguez Chacín, acusó hoy a la derecha fascista, el Opus Dei e intereses económicos del golpe de Estado del 11 de abril." The good Catholics of Opus Dei once again…

MEMBERS OF VENEZUELAN MILITARY PROVIDED COUP-PLOTTERS WITH WEAPONS: GENERAL  5/6/02 Radio Havana: "In an interview with the local news daily El Universal, General Raul Baduel said there are aerial videos demonstrating that the opposition march against Chavez on April 11 was organized in a military fashion, with some participants even carrying assault rifles."

Kuwait Sends Lawyers to Help Guantanamo Prisoners  5/6/02 Reuters 

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